Mehdi Abeid injury forcing Newcastle to rethink Bigirimana exit - report

Gael Bigirimana is likely to stay with Newcastle United after Mehdi Abeid fractured his toe on international duty.

Bigirimana was set to join League One side Yeovil on loan last week, before the move fell through on the Glovers end.

He was unlikely to make his first-team debut for the Magpies in the coming weeks, with Algerian international Mehdi Abeid excelling in the midfield after making his first start of the season in the historic 2-0 League Cup victory over Manchester City in October. His performance at the Etihad was rewarded with his first ever Premier League start for the Toon - more than three years after joining the club - as the club overcame Liverpool 1-0, and the 22-year-old kept his place for the 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Having entered the first-team fold as a replacement for the injured Cheick Tiote, Abeid was set to keep his place in the starting XI for this weekend’s visit of QPR to St James’ Park, but, after images emerged of the midfielder leaving international duty with Algeria on crutches, the player revealed that he could face a fortnight out.

With Tiote not likely to be match fit for the weekend, and just Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback available for selection, the Chronicle is reporting that manager Alan Pardew will hold off sending England Under-20 international Bigirimana on loan, with a hectic schedule of Premier League and League Cup action requiring the Toon boss to utilise every player available to him.

Despite his loan move falling through, Bigirimana has impressed for the Magpies’ Under-21 side this season, and the progressions of Abeid and Sammy Ameobi from outcasts to key first-team players has proven that Pardew is willing to use anyone that is impressing in his new-look, bare-bones Newcastle squad.

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